BY MARCY SHORTUSE - Walker Bush never questioned what he was going to do when he grew up. As a child growing up in Alexandria, Va. his whole life focused around sports. If it had anything to do with a ball, he played it.
But being a professional athlete is the stuff that pipe dreams are made of, and as Walker progressed through college he realized he might need a “Plan B” to back him up.
As he sat on his parents’ porch in Boca Grande, he looked just like the laid-back kid he had described himself as being his whole life.
BY MARCY SHORTUSE
A new year is upon us. At the opening of 2012 I would like to wax philosophical about something that is near and dear to my heart. It struck me as I pondered what to write about in this small space that is left over in the editorial section. Should I broach the subject of world peace? Famous visitors to the island? The near-certain, impending doom we face in October of this new year?
These things are all pretty important, but they pale in comparison to the pressing issue I feel I must address.
The Gasparilla Island Water Association’s annual membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at the Boca Grande Community Center.
As approved by GIWA’s membership at the last annual meeting, we began charging in April of 2011 the $12 monthly assessment to fund relocating our water and sewer mains when the Gasparilla Island Bridge Authority constructs new bridges on the causeway.
We have already accumulated $195,000, with an additional $24,575 added to the fund each month.
It may be 85 degrees out, but Boca Grande residents and visitors know how to celebrate the holidays in a big way. We wanted to give you a taste of what we get to see every night around the island, in case you're far away in the snow and the cold. Happy, Happy Holidays!
The Sligar snowflakes on Gilchrist Ave.
Conservation. Education. Sportsmanship. Those three little words can mean a whole lot for the future of the Boca Grande Pass, and both the Boca Grande Area Chamber of Commerce and the Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association are very aware of that.
An emergency meeting of the Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association will be held in the next few days to address minor discrepancies that came up at Tuesday night’s World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament rules committee meeting.
“Nothing will be decided tonight,” were the words that Capt. Cappy Joiner used at the meeting, and said he needed to consult with the rest of the BGFGA board before finalizing the rules.
The rules committee consists of Joiner, who is the president of the BGFGA, Capt. Waylon Mills, who is the vice president, Capt. Sandy Melvin, Chad Lach, Aaron Diaz and Richy Edwards.
This year will be the first since 2004 that the World’s Richest will return. After the Chamber decided to take a hiatus from the event in 2005, the Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association took over the tournament and renamed it the Boca Grande Fishing Guides Association Tarpon Tournament. They held the tournament every year until now.
There are some changes to the rules that include a larger fishing area, as well as leader and line weight requirements.
Hastings said they expect to have the World’s Richest rules finalized sometime in the next two weeks.
“Education and conservation of the fishery, combined with sport fishing, will be the primary focus,” Hastings said. “Safe boating, sportsmanship and responsible angling will be promoted in order to encourage a safe, successful, family-friendly event that will ensure the protection and proper stewardship of our natural resources, so that they may be enjoyed for generations to come.”
The 2012 World’s Richest Tarpon Tournament is scheduled for May 17 and 18. Capt. Tater Spinks on the Anejo was the first to sign up, with Capt. Sandy Melvin and Boca Blue close behind.
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